With generous funding from The Cleveland Foundation, WIRE-Net is entering a third year of collaboration with MAGNET on the Accelerate Cleveland Manufacturing (ACM) initiative to provide Cleveland companies with training, consultation, or peer-learning groups in an effort to boost economic growth and job creation, one plant at a time.
The Encore movement is a national effort to leverage the energy and experience of Americans who seek to fill community needs upon retirement or near the end of their primary careers. Launched in 2013 by the Cleveland Foundation, Encore Cleveland helps to connect and fund a network of organizations to provide experienced Greater Clevelanders with an array of meaningful opportunities in the community.
WIRE-Net’s Youth Programs, in collaboration with Max S. Hayes High School, were pleased to finish the 2015-16 with some great success stories from the Technical Corps Program (TCP) that made its debut in the machining, welding, and manufacturing design career pathways. Gary Dudich, a retired Journeyman Iron Worker, served as a Technical Corps member in the welding lab during the Spring semester.
For the last 30 years, my work has focused on working with Cleveland based manufacturers and helping them compete, invest, grow and add jobs in the city.
People search the internet for basically three things: 1. To Solve Problems, 2. Find/Purchase Items, and 3. To Be Entertained. The best inbound marketing sites should do all three. During Friday's growth workshop we learned how to build a roadmap for each of our products to attract more target customers.
In early 2015, a Cleveland manufacturer employing 76 skilled workers including welders, machinists, and engineers confided that he wanted to develop a value engineering program and add customers in Northeast Ohio. A growth assessment identified three priorities: 1) Find financing to enable a $600K process automation investment, along with associated process improvement to make best use of the equipment, 2) Increase plant efficiency by engaging employees to take ownership of continuous improvement, and 3) recruit an open Manufacturing Lead position.
Manufacturing is alive and well on the Cuyahoga, thanks in large part to the Cleveland Industrial Retention Initiative (CIRI).
CIRI, the business retention and expansion (BRE) program of Cleveland’s Economic Development Department, that is managed by a nonprofit that offers complementary services-the Westside Industrial Retention and Expansion Network, a.k.a. WIRE-Net-has been a trusted partner of Cleveland manufacturers since 1986.